Covid-19: Togo to administer the third dose to people over 40 years old

Monday, 29 November 2021 13:09
Covid-19: Togo to administer the third dose to people over 40 years old

(Togo First) - In Togo, people over 40 years old are to get the third dose of Covid vaccines. This was decided last Saturday, during the Council of Ministers. 

“Due to the emergence of new waves and new variants, the council instructed the Minister of Health to accelerate the vaccination campaign and to administer the third dose to people over forty years,” reads the council’s statement. Incidentally, Moustafa Mijayawa, Togo’s Minister of Health, said the country has received nearly 5 million doses of Covid vaccines and has more than one million people vaccinated so far.

This update follows the recent launch of a fast-paced vaccination campaign by the government to boost immunization coverage and comes shortly after the European Union recognized the Togolese Covid health pass. It also comes a few days after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the apparition of a new variant, called “omicron.” The new strain, which raises concerns, was first identified in South Africa and has been detected in Botswana, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Australia. 

At the moment, the WHO does not know if “Omicron” is more transmissible than other variants, or if it causes a more serious case of the disease.

According to WHO data, Togo reported 26,232 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 243 deaths from January 3, 2020, to November 26, 2021. Also, the country has administered over 1.5 million doses of vaccine over the period.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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